Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Crab Nachos

Red Lobster Recipe

Serves 4

20-30 each nacho chips
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1 (8 oz.)package cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups of cleaned lump crabmeat
1 large plum tomato, seeded and diced
1/4 cup drained and rinsed canned black beans
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons salsa
2 each jalapenos, seeded and diced or 2 tablespoons canned mild green chilies
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Arrange tortilla chips on an oven proof plate. Combine the cilantro, tomato, jalapeno, black beans, pepper jack cheese, and salsa. Add the crab meat and toss to mix.
Combine the remaining cheeses and spices. Spoon the crab mixture over the chips, then top with the spiced cheeses. Bake until heated through and the cheeses are melted.

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